Trichotillomania: the mania to tear hair

Trichotillomania is a little known disease, which usually affects women. It is a psychic disorder that is characterized by the tearing of hair and body hair compulsively.

It can be episodic or continuous, and of variable intensity. It associates, in more serious cases, with the ingestion of the torn hair.

Trichotillomania is similar to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder due to its compulsive and ritualized nature. In fact, the pulling out of hair is sometimes the object of a very precise staging dictating the position, the place, the activity, the moment ... of realization of the behavior. It comes most often to cover an underlying nervous tension whose subject is mostly not aware.

Like any pathological behavior, stress is a contributing factor. That is why it is always interesting to observe the context of realization of the behavior in order to make sense of it.

The behavior becomes pathological when it is no longer possible to prevent it. This is why trichotillomania is equated with behavioral addiction because the person becomes somewhat dependent on this behavior. The time spent there is longer, and the consequences on the hair become visible. Other psychological conditions may be associated, such as anxiety, depression, addiction, or Compulsive Obsessive Disorder itself.

Sometimes, trichotillomania concerns the hair (eyebrows, mustache, pubic hair, etc.). The treatment of trichotillomania is primarily based on management in psychotherapy.

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